The trash talk that Adrien Broner followed up in his previous marquee bouts finally met a relentless roadblock. Broner, seeking to make a similar dominant run at welterweight following his lightweight title reign, could not overcome Marcos Maidana in Broner’s first defense of his 147-pound title late Saturday.
Maidana gave Broner (27-1) a rude awakening on the new weight-class neighborhood. The native of Argentina defeated Broner by unanimous decision at the Alamodome in San Antonio. Displaying the aggressive style that has defined his career, Maidana floored Broner in the second and eighth rounds. Although referee Laurence Cole deducted a point from Maidana in the eighth for head butting, Maidana built enough of a lead on the scorecards.
All three judges scored the fight for Maidana 117-109, 115-109 and 115-110. With the victory, Maidana captured the World Boxing Association welterweight belt. “The plan was to fight any which way we can do it and we won,” Maidana said. “A champion wins any way possible.” The victory earned Maidana (35-3) a second weight-class title after an earlier reign as super-lightweight titleholder.
“When I hit him I knew I hurt him but I had to be careful because he hits hard,” Maidana said. “My training and courage allowed me to achieve this victory.” Broner was attempting to build a substantial grip in the welterweight class following his title-winning performance against Paulie Malignaggi in June.
Broner isn’t making any excuses and isn’t looking to come back soft, saying he wants an immediate rematch, and giving Maidana credit for his win. From David Greisman: “I’ll tell you one thing: Make a rematch. I don’t need a warm-up fight. I want a rematch. ... I’m OK. I’m still a three-time world champion in three different weight classes. Tonight Maidana was just a better man, and he fought a better fight, and I hope the fans still get what they deserved.”
Broner (27-1, 22 KO) has struggled in both of his welterweight bouts, first barely getting past Paulie Malignaggi in June via split decision, and now losing clearly to Maidana (35-3, 31 KO), who simply overpowered and outfought the rising star. There is plenty of question as to whether or not Broner really belongs at 147 pounds just yet, but he apparently feels comfortable enough that he says he’s willing to move forward at 147, maybe learn from this, and get a rematch signed immediately.